iPad Rehab

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Course Tuition: $2100 due at sign up.

Refunds:  We will refund your tuition less $200 deposit if cancellation is made within 2 weeks of the start of your course.   


Practical Board Repair and Microsoldering Training Courses
~with Jessa Jones and Mark Shaffer

Click here for syllabus, recap and photos from a recent course

Our signature 5-day Advanced Microsoldering course:   NOW ENROLLING, SIGN UP BELOW

This course is offered to teach people working in the general mobile device repair industry  to extend their business to include in-house microsoldering and board repair.  

The strength of our course is the equipment, the experience of the instructors, and the content. You will learn directly from pros that actively run successful board-level repair businesses.

Every station is equipped with an identical replica of the exact same microscope and rework stations that we use every day as professional microsolderers in this industry. 
You will learn:

  • Basic technical proficiency---charge ports and connectors
  • BGA repairs
  • Practical troubleshooting to quickly identify problems and separate repairable from unrepairable devices
  • How to address common problems---torn pads, difficult joints
  • How to read and understand schematics
  • Overview of basic common circuits on MacBooks and iPhone/iPads
  • Component sourcing
  • Water damage  and open-ended troubleshooting from the schematics
  • Short detection
  • Complete professional iPhone/iPadmotherboard diagnosis and repair
  • iPhone data recovery

We customize each course to focus the content on the combined interests of each group.  

Why choose this course?

We really believe in teaching people how to do Practical Board Repair for Mobile Devices.  Here's why: 

Practical means profitable
There are lots of soldering schools out there with a great curriculum if you are interested in manufacture and production of circuit boards.  You will learn to make more perfect joints than I can.  And you will learn lots of great things that are completely irrelevant for the real business cell phone board repair.  Our focus is on practical board repair---efficiently spending your time making robust repairs on the most salvageable devices.

Instructors who are industry experts
There is no substitute for instructors with extensive current experience doing the exact diagnosis and repair.  This school is intended to share quality information and best practices.  This is not a school created simply to take advantage of the education business niche.   We believe that quality repair is good for all repair.  Building general consumer confidence in the reliability of repair as an alternative to replacement is key to the sustainability of our industry.    You have to learn how to be practical in your approach to board repair.  There is no substitute for learning from instructors that work as you are working and seen thousands of destroyed boards from all over the world.  We can help you skip over all the mistakes and learn from our experience.

Practice using the best equipment

I believe in using state of the art equipment.  Reliable, well designed equipment is the key to becoming successful at board repair. It is far easier to learn on excellent equipment than on cheap overseas all-in-one stations.  There is a reason behind a $1800 per station price difference that is easy to appreciate during your hands on training.  When you develop your skills using "known good" equipment, you've eliminated that troublesome variable "Is it me, or is it the equipment"   Once you have the skills on 'the good stuff' you'll be able to better judge whether or not it is important to upgrade from your current equipment back at home.

Where is the course located?: 

In upstate NY in the beautiful small-town village of Honeoye Falls, NY.
We do not offer online training, personal tutoring, or individual days, the only training we provide is our signature 5-day in-person hands on course.   

Travel and Accomodation details are available here.

How Much is it?

$2100 course tuition.   
We do not offer group discounts.  We limit class size to be able to offer personal guidance.  If you have a group of 5 or more, feel free to contact us about setting up a personalized course for your group.

Course Format, what's included?
NEW TIME-Course runs from 8:30am-4:30pm daily.  Daily catered lunch is provided.
We will informally customize the course for each group,---bring your dead board box!  The heart of the class is our open-ended troubleshooting working in small groups.  

Everyone will have their own complete station.  In addition, each small group will have its own teaching microscope and monitor with HDMI real time video--- students are encouraged to learn from each other as well as from the main instructor teaching scopes.

Every course participant gets the classic iPad Rehab Practical Board Repair T-shirt.   The course often develops socially into a summer camp for adults who love board repair.   Classes often stick together for dinner and drinks after hours.   At the end of the course, you will get a formal certificate of completion to hang on your wall, and a practice bare board to take home and continue to work on your skills.

Basic Course Format: 

Day One: Biology of the iPhone and Technical Proficiency We will start with technical proficiency and have several basic board connectors and charge ports for you to hone your skills on while you become familiar with the state of the art equipment, learn the mechanics of solder flow and how to "read" a circuit board.
Each day will include a mix of lecture content and practical experience building.

Day Two: Board components, their function and How to find faults with a multimeter. Example: The common iDevice backlight circuit. On day two we will move to basic electronics and becoming an efficient diagnostician. After going to multimeter school and learning the function of all your new friends on the circuit board we will put it all together to really understand a basic backlight circuit.
After lunch, you will apply what you learned to work from the schematic to identify all the components in a backlight circuit and figure out on your own the fault in a real life backlight problem.  Then you will fix it! 

Day Three: Water damage and Data Recovery---Short detection and solving no power boards. The class will work as a group to solve a fun water damage data recovery case on their own.  We will learn how to differentiate short circuits from open circuits and strategies for addressing water damaged and other no power boards.   We will cover removing iPhone shields, water damage cleaning, and open-ended troubleshooting.

Day Four: Microbga repairs---Solving charging and touch system problems. Day four is advanced schematics and everyone will successfully complete a microbga repair like tristar (U2) chip or touch ic job.  We will cover how to diagnose and solve charging and touch problems.

Day Five: Open ended troubleshooting and Special Problems. Day five will be open-ended troubleshooting. This is your time to get a consult on any board that you haven't fixed by Friday and apply your skills.  We will wrap up the course with a rundown of all the common iPhone/iPad "signature failures" so that you can leave the course as efficient diagnosticians able to focus your efforts on the most repairable boards out there.

This is a loose outline and we will customize the exact content to the specific incoming ability and interests of the group. We are open to anything! We will be pulling real life examples from our iPad Rehab mail in repair queue and as you progress through the week we will assign you real life repairs to work on as you demonstrate your skills. i.e. you will become my slaves and do real work here in the sweatshop. :)


Can't I just take the course online?
No.  There is already a ton of online content published on YouTube--have at it!  This course is hands on training where we watch you soldering on our equipment in real time and our hands touch your hands to guide you in real time to help you overcome obstacles and develop the art of troubleshooting and board repair in your own way.  You will stop us and interject your own questions in real time. We will watch you soldering and troubleshooting and pinpoint exactly what you need to do to become successful. There is no digital substitute for this personal guidance.

Is this course right for me?  What incoming knowledge do I need?

 This course is primarily for anyone with a strong background in general mobile device repair.  You will already be familiar with device disassembly/reassembly.   You may have already tried soldering, but this is not required.  You do not need to have any experience with schematics or board-level component replacement.   Students that do the best in this course have usually tried microsoldering, and have collected a few boards with problems that they bring to the course, although this is not required.

We will start with basic technical proficiency--charge ports, flexes, and basic connectors.   From there, we will cover basic board components structure and function, and how to use the multimeter.  Next, learn to read a schematic and figure out how to troubleshoot open-ended problems, how/where to source components, and when to say "No Rabbit Holes!" to maximize profitability in board-repair.   We will address water damage, data recovery, and how to "read" any circuit board.  We will cover basic MacBook troubleshooting, and spend plenty of time working on real problems on real devices.

I still have questions about the course...

Give us a call--- 585 397 4174